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I am considering buying the Audeze LCD-2's however they are very expensive. If I got them, I would only be able to spend $300 on a Desktop Amplifier/DAC. Which Desktop Amplifier/DAC do you think is best for the Audeze LCD-2's for under $300?

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I have been reading positive comments about the O2 amp and the Odac. On a short budget seems like a good option, hopefully someone who owns this combination can give a more detailed answer. 

 

And welcome to head-fi

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The Lyr perhaps? a bit out of your price. 

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Would you recommend the Schiit ASGARD or the O2+ODAC Combo? 

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Would you recommend the Schiit ASGARD or the O2+ODAC Combo? 

O2/ ODAC combo is the better deal, considering the similar price. I don't own the Asgard but the O2 should be quieter (more transparent) than the Asgard, since that's what the design focuses on. But regardless of sound quality, the O2/ ODAC combo should be the better deal. 

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I have a MacBook Pro as a source currently. Are there any programs you would recommend using on the Mac for better sound quality, or is iTunes fine?

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I have a MacBook Pro as a source currently. Are there any programs you would recommend using on the Mac for better sound quality, or is iTunes fine?

 

Here's a list of audiophile music software.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/10-mac-osx-music-player-altern-139519

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Edited by BaileyAblaze - 1/19/13 at 5:54pm
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I am considering buying the Audeze LCD-2's however they are very expensive. If I got them, I would only be able to spend $300 on a Desktop Amplifier/DAC. Which Desktop Amplifier/DAC do you think is best for the Audeze LCD-2's for under $300?

Used Schiit Lyr...nothing else under $750 ish will be anywhere as good.

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Used Schiit Lyr...nothing else under $750 ish will be anywhere as good.

What DAC would you recommend with this?

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What DAC would you recommend with this?

Also what tubes and voltage do you recommend?

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What DAC would you recommend with this?

Depends on your budget. For the same range, the Bifrost is hard to beat too.

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What are your thoughts on the Valhalla vs the Lyr? Is the Lyr worth the extra $100?

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What are your thoughts on the Valhalla vs the Lyr? Is the Lyr worth the extra $100?

For the LCD-2s...absolutely!!! The Valhalla is an OTL amp and not ideal for low impedance headphones. If you where buying a 600 ohm beyer headphone, then I'd go with the Valhalla.

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As far as cables go, do you think that the default LCD-2 cable is fine or would you invest in Norse or Moon Audio?

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